Central Valley Boys Suit Up, Head For Tres Pinos August 6-9, 2015

Longtime GOF favorites The Central Valley Boys will return to the stage of the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9, 2015.

The gathering of top California bluegrass bands will be held at the Bolado Park Event Center, 7 miles south of Hollister in the tiny community of Tres Pinos. The event is noted for its excellent jamming and warm, welcoming atmosphere. Camping is free for both tents & RVs with all multi-day tickets. There is an extra charge for RVs hooked up to electricity, which is limited — early electical purchase is recommended.

Advance Tickets can be purchased through July 22nd at a deep discount for NCBS Members and at a discount for non-members.

Festival Flyer

Online Advance Tickets

NCBS Membership

The Central Valley Boys

The Central Valley Boys

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 6-9

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is set for August 6-9, 2015Discount Advance Tickets are available until July 22nd.

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22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival At Bolado Park Event Center

The 22nd Annual
Northern California Bluegrass Society
Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival
Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos
August 6-9, 2015
Advance Ticket Deadline: July 22

Detailed Festival  Flyer

Online Advance Tickets

NCBS Membership

Volunteer Form

GOF Main Stage Line-Up

Camping Information

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Concert Series On Berkeley Community TV In July

Berkeley Community Television & Media

Berkeley Community Television & Media

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

A series of performances from the 2014 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair will run throughout the month of July on Berkeley Community Television. The concert films will also appear on the web. The one hour shows will run three times each weekend on Channel 28:

Saturdays, 8:00pm
Sundays, 4:00pm
Mondays, 8:00pm

JULY

4-6 — The Lampel Brothers

11-13 — The Eddie DuCommun Band

The Santa Cruz Duck Pond

The Santa Cruz Duck Pond

18-20 — Bean Creek & Harmony Grits

25-27 — The Naked Bootleggers

Berkeley Community TV Website

The concert programs were filmed and produced by Beebee Simmons.

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park on the first Saturday of May.

The Lampel Brothers

The Lampel Brothers

Breaking News: Chris Thile New Prairie Home Companion Host, A. J. Lee On Bay Area People TV Show, Helen Foley To France, IBMA Momentum Award Nominations Open

White hat & white suit, a young Garrison Keillor launches the local APHC show in Minneapolis.

A young Garrison Keillor hosts the local APHC show in Minneapolis, mid-1970s.

San Diego native Chris Thile

San Diego native Chris Thile

Here is the breaking news in the world of bluegrass music:

Chris Thile Reported Replacement For Host Garrison Keillor On APHC Radio Show

Although the show has made no formal announcement, it has been reported that Garrison Keillor will slowly phase out as the host of the A Prairie Home Companion radio program over the next year and will be replaced by the Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile. Keillor reportedly will continue to be a part of the broadcast in a non-host role in semi-retirement.

A.J. Lee on the set of Bay Area People.

KTVU's Tom Caudle and A.J. Lee on the set of "Bay Area People."

Keillor founded the local Minnesota version of the radio program following his New Yorker magazine assignment to cover the final Grand Ole Opry performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 1974, “Onward And Upward With The Arts At The Opry.” He later took the program to public radio stations nationwide.

Helen Foley

Helen Foley

A. J. Lee To Guest On TV Show “Bay Area People” This Weekend

Bluegrass performer A. J. Lee of Tracy will be a guest on the TV show Bay Area People hosted by Claudine Wong which is set to be aired on Saturday, July 11 at 6:30am on KTVU Fox Channel 2, on Sunday, July 12 at 9:00am on TV36 KICU, and archived Online.

Helen Foley To Perform With Kids On Bluegrass At Bluegrass Festival In France

Helen Foley of Los Altos will perform with the IBMA Kids On Bluegrass band at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in the French Alps July 29-August 2.

Nominations For IBMA Momentum Awards Now Open

The International Bluegrass Music Association has opened nominations for the 2015 Momentum Awards, created to recognize those who are “up-and-coming” in the bluegrass music community in both business and music. Categories: Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Band, Event, Mentor, & Industry Achievement (Nominations) Taylor (at) IBMA (dot) org are due on July 17.

Three Week Reminder: Discount Advance Ticket Deadline For GOF Festival Is July 22

Three Week Reminder: The deadline for purchasing Discount Advance Tickets to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

The benefit festival for the Northern California Bluegrass Society will be held August 6-9 at the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Online Advance Tickets

Official GOF Flyer

The Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For July 2015

The Redwood Ramble

The Redwood Ramble

Here are the bluegrass highlights for July, 2015. There are also many other great shows. Enjoy!

We have festivals all month long around Northern California, including brand new high-end events at Lake Tahoe and at Sonoma State University. Meanwhile, Camp Navarro’s Redwood Ramble is three years old and the High Sierra Music Festival hits the quarter-century mark.

There are festivals in Weed, Mariposa, Grass Valley, Manton, and Felton. The tiny community of Genoa, NV is celebrating July 4th with a day-long bluegrass show leading into a big symphonic finish. Meanwhile, Alison Krauss & Willie Nelson come through California for concerts this month.

NCBS Members will be out enjoying all the festivals, concerts and informal shows around the area, including summertime park concerts with Sidesaddle & Co (Los Gatos), Sagebrush (Clovis), Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players (Stockton), and Sara Rodenburg (Napa).

Steep Ravine

Steep Ravine

Mustered Courage

Mustered Courage

JULY

1 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

1 — Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley.

1 — Steep Ravine, Fruition, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

1 —  Mustered Courage, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

2 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

2-5 – High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy.

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Crazy Horse Saloon

Crazy Horse Saloon

2-5 – San Francisco Folk Music Club July 4 Campout, Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

3 — One Grass Two Grass, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

James Nash

James Nash

3 – Cimmaron Rose Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

3 — Banner Mountain Boys, Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

4 — Vintage Grass, Cove Cafe, Angel Island, San Francisco.

plough-stars-red-square-sign4 — The Mountain Men, The Jespersons, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

4 – Grateful Dead Live Stream from Soldier Field Plus Live Grateful Bluegrass Boys With James Nash, The Sweetwater, Mill Valley.

4 — All American Music Festival, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

4 — Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio Genral Store, San Gregorio.

rancho-nicasio-sign-logo-interior4 – Genoa Americana Celebration, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.

5 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Municipal Rose Garden Park, San Jose.

5 — Peter Rowan & The Rowan Brothers, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

5 — Sidesaddle & Co, Music In The Park, Los Gatos Civic Center, Los Gatos.

slide-road-phils-first-tuesday-poster5 – Blue Moonshine With Amaya Rose Dempsey, Temple Beth El, Santa Maria.

6 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

6 — Alabama Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

7 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

7 — Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

The National Anthem at AT&T Park, San Francisco.

The National Anthem at AT&T Park, San Francisco.

8 – Hot Buttered Rum With David Thom, SF Giants National Anthem Performance, AT&T Park, San Francisco.

8 — Shasta String Summit, Kenneth Ford Theatre, College of the Siskiyous, Weed.

8 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

8 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

8 — Michael Shay Trio, The Ugly Mug, Soquel.

Sagebrush

Sagebrush

9 — The Mountain Men, The Brothers Strong, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

Tashina Clarridge of the Shasta String Summit

Tashina Clarridge of the Shasta String Summit

9 — Dead Winter Carpenters, Edge Of The West, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

9, 10, 11 — Mustered Courage, Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV.

10 — The Sam Chase, The Lost Church, San Francisco.

10 — Steep Ravine, The Brothers Barton, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

california-organics-market-cafe-logo10 – Will Fourt & Sheila Golden, The Wail Aways, Mason Emery, The Ugly Mug Cafe, Soquel.

10 — Putah Creek Crawdads, Ludy’s BBQ, Woodland.

10 — Sagebrush, Concert In The Park, Veterans Memorial Square, Clovis.

10 — Free Range String Band, California Organics, Nevada City.

10 — True Life Troubadours, The Crafstman, San Jose.

Sheila Golden & Will Forte

Sheila Golden & Will Forte

The Brothers Barton

The Brothers Barton

10 — Old Soles, Concert In The Park, Mokelumne Hill.

10-11 – Yosemite Music Festival, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa.

11 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

11 — Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland.

11 — Blue & Lonesome, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

The Bearcat Stringband

The Bearcat Stringband

11 — Laura & The Killed Men, One Grass Two Grass, The Hay Babes, The Starry Plough, Berkeley.

11 – Phoebe Hunt & Dominick Leslie, House Concert, San Francisco.

11 — The Brothers Barton, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.

11 — Canyon Johnson, Bearcat Duo, PLACE for Sustainable Living, Oakland.

11 — Shasta String Celebration Hosted By Tristan & Tashina Clarridge With Jody Stecher, Kala Ramnath, Paul Brown, John Herrmann, Bee Eaters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

beer-beans-bluegrass-illus-20151lake-tahoe-bluegrass-festival-poster-1511 — Beer Beans & Bluegrass Festival, St. Joseph’s Church, Nipomo.

11 – Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

11 — Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Outdoor Arena, Stateline, NV.

11 – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott With Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

11 – The Roustabouts Bluegrass Band, Last Stage West, Atascadero.

11-12 — Mountain Sol Festival, Roaring Camp, Felton.

12 – Santa Cruz Mountain String Trio, Live Oak Farmers Market, Santa Cruz.

12 — The Beauty Operators, SF Sunday Open Streets, Ellis at Hyde, San Francisco.

12 – The Roustabouts Bluegrass Band, Avila Valley Barn, San Luis Obispo.

12 — Dawg Day Afternoon Bluegrass Festival, Weill Hall & Lawn, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.

sonoma-state-university-sign-flowers13 — The Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

13 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.

14 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

14 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

14 — Poor Man’s Whiskey, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

15 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

15 — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, Concert In The Park, Victory Park, Stockton.

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Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss

15 — Carolyn Sills Combo, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

16 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

16 — The Sam Chase, Jewish Contemporary Museum, San Francisco.

16 – Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

16-19 – Redwood Ramble, Camp Navarro, Navarro.

16-19 – California Worldfest, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Windy Hill

Windy Hill

Corralitos Cultural Center

Corralitos Cultural Center

16-19 — Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, NY.

17 — Windy Hill, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

17 — Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre, Lincoln.

17 – Edge of the West, Corralitos Cultural Center, Corralitos.

18 – Montara Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Canyon Johnson

Canyon Johnson

Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking

18 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

18 — Rita Hosking Trio, (House Concert) cloverdalehouseconcert (at) gmail (dot) com, Cloverdale.

18 – Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.

19 — The Rusty String Express Live Music Brunch, The Sweetwater, Mill Valley.

winters-tavern-sign-music-slogan-logosan-gregorio-general-store-name-logo19 – Circle R Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

amnesia-day-sign19 — Maverick — A Bluegrass Duo, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica.

19 — The Offshoots, Surf Spot, Pacifica.

sams-bbq-sign19 – Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa.

20 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

20 — Windy Hill, The Handsome Ladies, Amnesia, San Francisco.

21 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

21 – Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Vino Robles Winery, Paso Robles.

sloughhouse-inn-day-front-signs21 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

21 – BanjerDan Mazer, Last Stage West BBQ, Atascadero.

22 — Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

22 —  Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara.

23 —  Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Greek Theatre, Berkeley.

24 — Natural Drift, Slough House Inn, Slough House.

24 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

kitchen-dwellers-logo-bwmission-pizza-logo24 — Vintage Grass, Hopmonk Tavern, Novato.

24 – Kitchen Dwellers, Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe.

24-26 – Rockygrass, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO.

25 — Summer Mountain Music & Arts Festival, Cedar Crest Vineyards, Manton.

25 — Vintage Grass, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.

25 — Bean Creek, Vasona Vibrations Concert Series, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos.

25 – Vasen With Special Guest Darol Anger, Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecitos.

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin

25 — Rita Hosking Trio, Brewery Arts Center, Reno, NV.

25 – Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

25 & 26 — Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, Chacewater Winery, Kelseyville.

26 — Carolyn Sills, Music In The Park, Los Gatos Civic Center, Los Gatos.

26 — Sonoma Mountain Band, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

26 – Napa Porchfest, various front porches, Napa.

26 — Off The Griddle Old Time String Band, Avila Valley Barn, San Luis Obispo.

26 — The Vivants, Julliard Park, Santa Rosa.

27 — The Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

11540826_766512070128391_1139014821538354630_n27 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

Barwick & Siegfried

Barwick & Siegfried

28 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

28 – Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

29 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

29 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

30 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

30 – Midnight North, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

30 — The New Christy Minstrels, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne.

30 – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bartlett Ranch, Reno, NV.

31 – The True Life Troubadours, Nobody From Nashville, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

31 — Barwick & Siegfried, California Organics, Nevada City.

31 — The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

31 — Mary Chapin Carpenter, Harris Center, Folsom Lake College, Folsom.

31 — Sara Rodenburg, Nuclear Blonde, Whitney Nichole Band, Concert In The Park, Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheatre, Napa.

Coming August 6-9: The NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos.

High Sierra Music Festival

High Sierra Music Festival

Plenty Of Great Bluegrass Music Around Northern California For 4th Of July Week 2015

Happy Fourth of July from your friends in the NCBS!

Happy Fourth of July from your friends in the NCBS!

ncbs-plain-logoThe Fourth of July in Northern California will bring us plenty of great bluegrass music! Enjoy your BBQ and the pool — and then enjoy some down-home music! Join your friends who are Northern California Bluegrass Society Members at these fine (Tuesday-Tuesday) shows.

sams-bbq-dancing-pig-logoTUESDAY, June 30

Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

Leftover Crow With Katya Polovina, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

The Mosey Boys, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

Glad to Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

BanjerDan Mazer, Last Stage West BBQ, Atascadero.

moes-alley-logoWEDNESDAY, July 1

Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Steep Ravine, Fruition, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

Mustered Courage, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Ray Goren, Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco.

Java Invitational Jam, Coffee Cat, Scott’s Valley.

Bluegrass Country Jam, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Willowbrook Ale House

Willowbrook Ale House

THURSDAY, July 2

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

bangers-and-grass-poster-63015Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Mountain Dojo, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.

Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Cheese Board Pizza Collective, Berkeley.

Meredith Axelrod, Rotary Park Gazebo, Winters.

high-sierra-logo-25th-annTHURSDAY-SUNDAY, July 2-5

High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy.

San Francisco Folk Music Club July 4 Campout, Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation, Boulder Creek.

FRIDAY, July 3

One Grass Two Grass, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

san-gregorio-general-store-sky-cloudsCimmaron Rose Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople, Off The Grid, Fort Mason, San Francisco.

Highway 41, Concert In The Park, Vetrerans Memorial Square, Clovis.

Banner Mountain Boys, Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley.

Mike Grimes, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Maria Muldaur, Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco.

Ray Bierl & Markie Sanders, Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, Marshall.

farmers-market-sign-support-small-organicTHE FOURTH OF JULY

Bangers & Grass, Albany 4th of July Celebration, Memorial Park, Albany.

Dark Hollow, Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach.

Santa Cruz Mountain String Trio, Scott’s Valley Farmer’s Market, Scott’s Valley.

Karl Franzen & Sarah Kirton, Downtown Palo Alto Farmer’s Market, Palo Alto.

Vintage Grass, Cove Cafe, Angel Island, San Francisco.

Wildcat Mountain RamblersBurrell School Winery, Los Gatos.

Former Palo Alto banjo teacher Jerry Garcia and his band The Grateful Dead in 1970.

Former Palo Alto banjo teacher Jerry Garcia and his band The Grateful Dead in 1970.

Angel Island

Angel Island

The Mountain Men, The Jespersons, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Grateful Dead Live Stream from Soldier Field Plus Live Grateful Bluegrass Boys With James Nash, The Sweetwater, Mill Valley.

All American Music Festival, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma.

Genoa NV July 4 Americana Celebration

Genoa NV July 4th Americana Celebration

Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio Genral Store, San Gregorio.

Sierra Mountain Band, Dardanelles Resort, Sonora.

san-jose-rose-garden-signMcCoy Tyler Band, The Coffis Brothers, Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City.

Genoa Americana Celebration, Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.

SUNDAY, July 5

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Municipal Rose Garden Park, San Jose.

The Rowan Brothers

The Rowan Brothers

Amaya Rose Dempsey

Amaya Rose Dempsey

Sidesaddle & Co, Music In The Park, Los Gatos Civic Center, Los Gatos.

The Keller Sisters, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

Peter Rowan & The Rowan Brothers, David Thom, Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio.

Mountain Fire Band, Jupiter Brewpub, Berkeley.

Blue Moonshine With Amaya Rose Dempsey, Temple Beth El, Santa Maria.

Bean Creek

Bean Creek

MONDAY, July 6

Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

alabama-bow-ties-amnesia-monday-poster-red-blackAlabama Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

Shovels & Rope, Spirit Family, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma.

Taco Invitational Jam, Baja Tacqueria, Oakland.

TUESDAY, July 7

BanjerDan

BanjerDan

Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Slide Road, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

lagunitas-brewing-company-logo-black-redBanjerDan Mazer, Panga, Last Stage West BBQ, Atascadero.

Sidesaddle & Co

Sidesaddle & Co